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Breaking: Court Grants Stay of Execution for Richard Glossip

The Oklahoma Court of Criminal appeals has granted a two-week stay of execution to Richard Glossip.

September 16, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Death Penalty

Extended Interview with Director Diego Quemada-Diéz on "La Jaula de Oro" and Migration to the U.S.


Extended discussion with award-wining Mexican film director Diego Quemada-Diez, whose film "La Jaula de Oro," or "The Golden Dream."

September 15, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Mexico, Immigration, Diego Quemada-Díez

The Migrant Crisis: Arms That Welcome, Arms That Kill

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

The flood of people fleeing war and misery is swelling daily, reaching the shores and borders of Europe in a desperate bid for safety. They come from Syria, where a brutal civil war during the past half-decade has killed well over 200,000.

September 10, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Syria

When Amy Goodman Met Stephen Colbert

As Stephen Colbert takes over on the "Late Show," check out Amy Goodman’s 2006 appearance "The Colbert Report."

September 09, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

California Prisoners’ Strike a Win Against Solitary Confinement

They call themselves the Pelican Bay SHU Short Corridor Collective. From within their small, windowless cells, they began talking, organizing.

September 03, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Solitary Confinement, Prison

Ex-Politician Jeff Smith: What My Year Behind Bars Taught Me About America’s Prison Crisis


Extended discussion with former Missouri state Senator Jeff Smith, author of the new book, "Mr. Smith Goes to Prison: What My Year Behind Bars Taught Me About America’s Prison Crisis."

September 01, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Prison, Jeff Smith

LISTEN: NPR’s Scott Simon Interviews Amy Goodman on Weekend Edition

On Saturday’s NPR Weekend Edition, Scott Simon interviewed Amy Goodman about Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, social movements, and more.

August 28, 2015 |  Filed under  D.N. in the News, 2016 Election

Extended Boots Riley Interview on Hip-Hop, Radical Politics, Movement Building & Palestine


Web-only interview with legendary hip-hop artist Boots Riley, author of the new book, "Tell Homeland Security–We Are the Bomb."

August 27, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Art & Politics, Boots Riley

The Iran Nuclear Deal: Give Diplomacy A Chance

By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan
A war with Iran would be a catastrophe, yet by opposing diplomacy, hundreds of members of Congress may be blundering into just such a conflict. The alternative to diplomacy is to pour gasoline on a region of the world already on fire with intense, complex military conflicts.

August 27, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Iran, Nuclear Power, Nuclear Weapons

Civil Rights Activist Amelia Boynton Robinson, Survivor of Bloody Sunday, Dies at 104

Civil rights activist Amelia Boynton Robinson died today at the age of 104. In 1965, she was beaten unconscious as she attempted to cross Selma’s Edmund Pettus Bridge on what became known as Bloody Sunday.

August 26, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Civil Rights

On Vietnam & the Power of Protest: Watch One of Julian Bond’s Final Speeches (Exclusive)


Watch civil rights leader Julian Bond speak at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on May 2, 2015, as part of the "Vietnam: Power of Protest" conference. Bond died on August 15 at the age of 75.

August 20, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Julian Bond, Vietnam, Julian Bond

Passing the Torch: From Julian Bond to Black Lives Matter

By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan
Julian Bond was a lifelong activist, speaking out in recent years for marriage equality, getting arrested in front of the White House while protesting the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, and supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.

August 20, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Julian Bond, Black Lives Matter

Watch: Full Video of Hillary Clinton’s Meeting with Black Lives Matter Activists


Watch the full 16-minute video of Black Lives Matter activists Daunasia Yancey and Julius Jones questioning Hillary Clinton after a campaign event in New Hampshire.

August 19, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Black Lives Matter, Hillary Clinton, 2016 Election

VIDEO: Amy Goodman Delivers Keynote Address to Creative Time Summit at the Venice Biennale

For much of this week Democracy Now! has broadcast from the "Creative Time Summit, where Amy Goodman delivered a keynote address. Watch her speech and highlights from our interviews with artists and the chief curator Okwui Enwezor, who has been credited with bringing political art back to the 120-year-old festival.

August 13, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Art & Politics

Art, Politics and Social Change at the Venice Biennale

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan
This year’s Venice Biennale, called "All the World’s Futures," showcases a growing community of politically engaged artists, who not only reflect the beauty and brutality of the world, but might actually change it.

August 13, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

PART 2: Artist Mariam Ghani, Daughter of Afghan Pres, Addresses Ferguson, Borders and Afghan Women


In part two of our interview with artist Mariam Ghani, she describes her work in St. Louis, Missouri, during "Ferguson October" protests, on the issue of borders and the experience of Afghan women.

August 12, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Afghanistan, Ferguson, Art & Politics, Mariam Ghani

VIDEO: A Year of Protests & Organizing After Unarmed Black Teen Michael Brown Killed by Ferguson Cop


Michael Brown’s death and the Ferguson protests that followed sparked a national conversation about race and policing that is far from over.

August 09, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Michael Brown, Ferguson, Police Brutality

APA Votes to Bar Psychologists from Nat’l Security Interrogations After Torture Scandal

By a nearly unanimous vote, the American Psychological Association’s Council of Representatives voted today in Toronto to adopt a new policy barring psychologists from participating in national security interrogations.

August 07, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Psychology & Torture

Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 70 Years After the Atomic Bombs Were Dropped

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

While the world has avoided nuclear attacks since those two days in 1945, the potential for nuclear devastation is forever hanging over us.

August 06, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Hiroshima, Hiroshima Nagasaki, Japan, Nuclear Power

Cincinnati and the Murder of Samuel DuBose

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

A stunning indictment has been handed down in Cincinnati, focusing attention again on police killings of people of color. This is a start for accountability and justice. Cleveland should pay attention. As the thousand people gathered there last weekend said clearly, “Black Lives Matter.”

July 30, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Police Brutality, Police, Ohio